Epsom Handicap Day 2012 Results – Randwick Winners & Wrap-Up

Royal Randwick Racecourse was host to the last major Sydney Spring Racing Carnival meeting with 2012 Epsom Handicap Day running on Saturday October 6, and below you will find the full Randwick race results including the winning Epsom Day trifectas, winning margins, times and a quick rundown on the nine black types that took place at the meeting.

Fat Al and Ambidexter

Fat Al and Ambidexter ran the 2012 Epsom Handicap Quinella

The day started on a Good (3) with the rain stating to fall on the track for the $100,000 Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) for the baby fillies, favourite Sugar Rush dropping right out of the race with an early upset – Peter Moody’s $41 roughie Brilliant Bisc taking the bikkies.

The first of the Group races was then the $175,000 Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) where another upset was on the cards, the lightly-raced Jolie Bay proving herself a filly with a future taking out a race where the $1.80 favourite Ichihara dropped out to run fourth.

From there it was a day of mixed results starting with the $2.50 favourite Mourayan earning a shot at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with their gritty win the $125,000 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m).

In the next it was a shock result for the opening Group 1 with Gai Waterhouse’s odds-on favourite Proisir ($1.28) beaten on the line by a very brave and now unbeaten It’s A Dundeel ($6.50) who looks on track for the 2012 Victoria Derby in Melbourne next month.

Another upset in the day’s three-year-old fillies’ feature with the Bart Cummings-trained Norzita, likely to head towards the Thousand Guineas and Crown Oaks, getting the better of her last-start conqueror (upon protest then) beating Longport by two and a half in the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).

Then it was the meeting’s headline attractions, the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) where favourite backers finally got a win, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fat Al ($4.60) getting the job done.

They relished the 52kg lightweight and turned the tables on the Peter Snowden-trained Ambidexter ($5.50) who got the better of them in the Theo Marks Stakes last month, to hand Waterhouse a record-equaling seventh Epsom victory.

The Group 1 racing action then concluded with Race 8 – the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) which was also taken out by Waterhouse and Epsom winning jockey Tommy Berry who celebrated a Group 1 winning double.

The duo won The Metropolitan 2012 with imported stayer Glencadam Gold who made a mess of their rivals leading all the way before pulling away for an emphatic victory, their fourth from as many starts in Australia, which was Waterhouse’s eighth victory in the two and a half mile classic and which saw them shoot up the markets for the other big mile and half spring feature – the 2012 Caulfield Cup in Melbourne on October 20.

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Race 1 – 12:10pm Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000m)

  • 1st: #1 Brilliant Bisc ($41)
  • 2nd: #7 Guelph ($5.50)
  • 3rd: #10 Shahad ($8)
  • Winning Time: 0:47.82
  • Winning Margin: 1.3L

Race Review: Gai Waterhouse’s Sugar Rush was backed as if unbeatable but beaten she was when the young filly got lost in her debut run from a wide gate in the rain and dropped right out, the Peter Moody-trained roughie Brilliant Bisc ($41) getting the job done in emphatic style displaying a brilliant turn of foot.

Race 2 – 12:45pm NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Plate (1000m)

  • 1st: #1 Whittington ($3.20)
  • 2nd: #12 War ($2.60F)
  • 3rd: #3 I’m No Phony ($41)
  • Winning Time: 0:58.46
  • Winning Margin: 3L

Race Review: After losing the first with Sugar Loss, Gai Waterhouse atoned in the second with stablemates Whittington and War running one-two. Pierro won this last year and went on to take out the Golden Slipper in the autumn, has Waterhouse unearthed another Golden Slipper winner? The better-backed War led on the turn for home but was quickly challenged by their smart stablemate in the centre of the track. Whittington blew the start in their trial but amended here and showed their true potential racing away to win by three. I’m A Phony ran an eye-catching third coming from last to finish in the minor placings.

Race 3 – 1:20pm Vili’s Pies Roman Consul Stakes (1200m)

  • 1st: #7 Jolie Bay ($9.50)
  • 2nd: #3 Knight Exemplar ($14)
  • 3rd: #1 Your Song ($3.70)
  • Winning Time: 1:09.62
  • Winning Margin: 0.1L

Race Review: Despite the class and hype on odds-on favourite Ichihara the conditions didn’t suit the shortie today it was another filly in the Hawkes-trained Jolie Bay who got the job done in a photo finish with John O’Shea’s Knight Exemplar. Watch the winner in the autumn, was tight but a nice win and she will improve having gone from a Class 1 win at Hawkesbury last start to take out this Group 2 in just her third run.

Race 4 – 2:00pm APN Outdoor Craven Plate (2000m)

  • 1st: #2 Mourayan ($2.50)
  • 2nd: #7 Western Symbol ($5.50)
  • 3rd: #10 Dare To Dream ($10)
  • Winning Time: 2:02.46
  • Winning Margin: 0.2L

Race Review: Mourayan proved their Melbourne Spring Cups’ potential with a gritty effort here. Was a hot pace for a 2000m race courtesy of Herculian Prince and Mourayan was right up there over the full distance, holding off his eye-catching challenges to get the job done having sat second throughout. Western Symbol to improve after the run and with a clear passage Dare To Dream would have run top two.

Race 5 – 2:40pm Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m)

  • 1st: #2 It’s A Dundeel ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #1 Proisir ($1.28F)
  • 3rd: #3 Honorius ($21)
  • Winning Time: 2:02.63
  • Winning Margin: 0.2L

Race Review: In the big upset of the day It’s A Dundeel put to bed any doubts they were a genuine racehorse with huge staying potential when they retained their undefeated status winning their fifth from as many starts, knocking off odds-on favourite Proisir to do so. Murray Baker’s Kiwi raider will now go into the Victoria Derby as the favourite next month while Proisir, previously unbeaten, may go to next Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas.

Race 6 – 3:20pm Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m)

  • 1st: #5 Norzita ($5.50)
  • 2nd: #2 Longport ($14)
  • 3rd: #1 Dear Demi ($4.60)
  • Winning Time: 1:36.01
  • Winning Margin: 2.5L

Race Review: Norzita wasn’t going to be beaten on protest by Longport again after the Tea Rose, Bart Cummings’ promising staying filly racing off with the win today by 2.5 lengths earning herself a possible trip to Melbourne for the Thousand Guineas and Crown Oaks. Longport was gallant in defeat while Dear Demi, always honest, had no luck again and only needs a clear run to win one of these races.

Race 7 – 4:00pm The Star Epsom (1600m)

  • 1st: #8 Fat Al ($4.60)
  • 2nd: #6 Ambidexter ($5.50)
  • 3rd: #7 Rolling Pin ($41)
  • Winning Time: 1:34.56
  • Winning Margin: 0.2L

Race Review: Fat Al silenced any of the doubters that said a lightly-raced four-year-old that had been beaten in their first two runs back couldn’t win an Epsom with a gritty victory over Ambidexter in today’s feature. Gai Waterhouse celebrated her seventh success in the classic Randwick mile showdown and Rolling Pin, who defeated Fat Al home last time out in the Cameron, added value to today’s trifecta with a third at juicy odds.

Race 8 – 4:40pm McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m)

  • 1st: #6 Glencadam Gold ($2.80F)
  • 2nd: #11 Kelinni ($7)
  • 3rd: #10 Reuben Percival ($61)
  • Winning Time: 2:29.71
  • Winning Margin: 3.8L

Race Review: In another big feature win on Epsom Day for Gai Waterhouse and Tommy Berry the trainer-jockey duo took out The Metropolitan with ace imported stayer Glencadam Gold who led all the way to retain their unbeaten status since arriving in Australia. Headed for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups now and will be well fancied for them both after displaying not only an excellent ability to stay but also a blistering turn of foot to run away from their rivals after coasting throughout.

Race 9 – 5:20pm Styletread Premiere Stakes (1200m)

  • 1st: #4 Red Tracer ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #7 Satin Shoes ($10)
  • 3rd: #10 Emotional Circus ($21)
  • Winning Time: 1:09.67
  • Winning Margin: 1L

Race Review: Red Tracer enjoyed a small consolation win for trainer Chris Waller who missed out on all the majors this Epsom Day earning herself a shot at the Myer Classic 2012 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival with her runaway win in the Premiere Stakes which saw the mares run the trifecta in the open weight-for-age race.